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Gordon Biersch FestBier - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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BA SCORE
83
good

158 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.6%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TexIndy on 01-21-2009)
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5/5  rDev +37.7%

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4.65/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Of all the Oktoberfest beers I've had this year, this was by far the best! Served with a small head (I think only to give customers the most beer for their buck), some lace. Color was an almost clear (unfiltered too!) medium red amber. Aroma was malt, caramel, burnt sugar. Flavor was like nose but roastiness comes out more and has geat balance. Body was good, ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor with a little alcohol at the end. Extremely drinkable brew.

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of JEdmund
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like an Octoberfest beer with its copper hue. Normal head formation but then it settles out quickly.

Smells lovely. Lots o’ Munich malt contributing a slightly sweet, earthy, and fruity aroma.

Taste wows me from the get-go. What I like most is the finish: it ends with a dry hop snap that I’ve been wanting in other Octoberfest beers of late. I think this really helps keep it light and drinkable. It’s mainly malty from start to finish, but they’re not heavy and syrupy when you think of a malt-driven beer. Carbonation is right where I want it, which is medium, and the body has a velvety smoothness that’s nice too. I really love the finish; it has a good Noble hop bite that’s a bit leafy and nicely drying. Good stuff!

I believe this is my first Gordon Biersch beer and I am impressed. I’ll certainly have to try more. I will definitely be buying a six-pack of this to drink at some point during the official Octoberfest season.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VIII:

This Oktoberfest-style beer is lagered for six weeks and uses traditional ingredients, so you know Dan Gordon aimed right at the style at hand, as he usually does.

Decent lacing from a thick froth, pale amber color flaunts a perfect clarity. The nose is very clean with delicate aroma of light biscuity and bread malt, and a mellow floral and slightly spicy hop. Incredible smoothness boosts the drinkability, making for easy work with this moderate-bodied brew. Spicy hop and a faintness of alcohol meld with the carbonation for a refreshing bite up front. The malt character lays a solid foundation on top of that, but not so much as to mute the hops. Clean biscuity, bready and cracker flavors from the grain. Hops leave a long trail of flavor with suggestions of fresh herbs and green peppercorn. Semi-dry, grainy, malty finish.

By far this has to be the most drinkable, true-to-style Oktoberfestbier we've experienced over the years, and is our top pick for the style this year.

Photo of brewnickbrew
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Great color. Burnt-Orange/Dark Copperish in color. Large 3 finger head, with off white foam. Lacing was pretty good. Bright and Crystal Clear.

S- Malty, Slight Caramel aromas. Fruity in terms of esters, and a slight cherry aroma

T- Malty, Bready, Slightly Toasty, Slightly Sweet, Earthy hops.

M- Medium body, Slight bitterness, Medium Carbonation

D- This one to me is a sipper. Could have been that I had this after a meal. This is a very good Marzen made by Columbus GB.

Photo of MisterClean
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the California Brewer's Festival

A - Poured copper-gold with 2 fingers of white head. Dissipated moderately slow and left nice lacing.

S - Honey, ample amounts of breadiness, and some light bittering hops in the background.

T - Honey, bttering hops, light caramel, and a bigger presence of bittering hops.

M - Moderately bodied, well-balanced, sweet and smooth.

D - Overall, a good job at an easy drinking fest beer. Impressed a macro did this good of a job.

Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at wine source, enjoyed from a willbecker chilled.

A light copper color with great clarity and light cream colored cap which settles to a ring with ultra tight bead. The head revives when swirled. The smell is nutty and bread crust with a slight fruity light yeast aroma with a mild ting of floral hops accenting the nose. There is a slight spice and malt body gives a medium full feel iwth moderately high carbonation with a relatively clean yeast w/ mild bitterness and semi-dry finish.

The flavor has a mild fruity and toasted malt entry with light spice and subtle hop flavor which adds deptht to the light sweetness with nutty flavor anchoring the body with a subtle hint of dried fruit sweetness. The gentle dry yeast flavors are almost mineral which seems to add to the bitter hop accent and finishes in the clean dry end. Overall a beer I could be happy with most often, very approachable and drinkable. I think it is a high quality lager -very clean and quaffable.

Photo of charlzm
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 11/24/08.

Medium golden beer presented by the bartender with a two-finger white head. The head soon reduces to a thin skin of foam with plenty of sticky lacing.

Aroma is slightly spicy and has subtle juicy, fruit overtones.

Flavor-wise, this beer splits the difference between a marzen and a pilsener. Caramel malt flavors with slight metallic overtones come on first. Slightly fruity (golden apples) follow, then a crisp, dry finish with some bitterness. Aftertaste is that malty marzen flavor I like so much.

I drank this beer without much trouble and enjoyed it pretty well; I could see myself drinking this again when/if it is available.

Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap into large German mug. Dubbed "Festbier".

Slightly cloudy burnt orage and amber hue with a two finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap. The aroma is light and toasty grains, with maybe a touch of brown sugar. The toastiness is repeated along with a little bit of caramel. Medium bodied. The finish is pretty dry, with a little bit of lingering grain.

This one was pretty good, perfect for the time of year as the temperature is dropping. Recommended (if available).

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent pour yielding a creamy 1/2 finger head that fades semi slowly with some lacing, over mostly clear golden tan colored beer.

Nose is loaded with golden malts, light toasty pilsner malts, some nice lager aromas with a bit of lager fruit, hint of apple and pear, slight touch of grassy herbal hops.

Taste starts with lots of toasty malts, straw, earthy straw toasty pilsner malts, light sweetness. Then some lager flavors, light crisp lager but not very dry, a bit too sweet, and some light lager fruits with hints of apple and pear again. Finish gets a bit drier but sticky as well, more lingering fruit, and just a hint of grassy hops come through with touch of bitterness.

Mouth is a bit lighter bodied, decent carb, slightly crisp but not dry at all.

Overall a nice beer, very drinkable, they got the malts down pretty well, nice and toasty straw etc, not loaded with caramel and reddish malts, etc. Hops are the right variety but a bit too light for the hops, maybe a hint more would help. The biggest set back that keeps this from the A- to A range is the sweetness, it really needs to be a lot drier and it would be really high class.

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Gordon Biersch FestBier from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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